The congressional committees did not mandate Mr. Pruitt with the concrete intention to question him about his alleged wrongdoing. Rather, both events are routine household hearings conducted by the House Conferences with regard to EPO spending and political priorities.
But since many of the allegations about Mr Pruitt have to do with his spending on agency money, an issue that has led to violent reactions from both parties. Legislators are expected to aggressively question him about these issues and the related issues of waste and ethics. Greg Walden, Oregon's plenary chairman, and New Jersey senior Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. are expected to attend the morning's hearing. While Mr. Walden is a Conservative Republican, he becomes. Mr Pruitt seems to be ready to ask Mr Pruitt, 'He has some tricky ones Answer questions. " Aside from questions on spending and ethics, Mr. Pallone is expected to test Pruitt on his many steps to reverse the climate control policy of the Obama administration
The Alleged Transgressions
Recent weeks have seen reports of ethical errors and wasteful spending , Here's an overview of the 10 investigations into Mr. Pruitt's activities and a graph that breaks down the categories of violations.
The Department of Accounts, a regulator, found last week that Mr. Pruitt has broken the law with a purchase of a phone booth with $ 43,000 for his office. In the meantime, Mr. Pruitt is still under attack for extended first-class travel, including two weeks travel time in June for the trustee and his helpers, who cost the taxpayer more than $ 120,000, and up to $ 3 million for security in his first
Separately, Mr. Pruitt is looking for an apartment to be examined by the wife of a lobbyist who was doing business before the EPA. In addition, Mr. Pruitt seems to have taken unorthodox measures and circumvented the approval of the White House to the favored one grant significant increases to political appointees.
Meanwhile, employees who challenged these activities were sidelined or demoted
How Mr. Pruitt prepares himself
Mr. Pruitt knows he may be on fire for hours on Thursday. According to a memorandum memo reviewed by the New York Times, Mr. Pruitt's strategy seems to be to blame his employees for his activities.
The memo suggests that Mr. Pruitt is ready to say he is now a trainer while traveling; that others were responsible for giving two close mates who worked for him in Oklahoma considerable wage increases; and this E.P.A. Officials who were reassigned or demoted after challenging their expenses all had performance problems.
How will the Republicans treat him?
After taking office last year, Mr. Pruitt was celebrated by Republicans as Trump's "Deregulation Tsar" as he moved to cancel one environmental regulation after another. Even as questions about his spending on flights and security began earlier this year, many conservative Republicans stood beside him.
But in the last few days this support has diminished. In one of the most despicable signs for Mr. Pruitt, his longtime political patron and his colleague Oklahoman, Senator James Inhofe, demanded further investigations this week about the alleged transgressions of his protégé. Republicans' willingness to strip their children's gloves aggressively to challenge one of their former favorites may signal that Mr. Pruitt has lost support in nearly every neighborhood in Washington.
The White House Response
It is Mr. Trump's opinion The EPA The administrator who matters most at the end of the day, and his Twitter account could give some insight into the fate of Mr. Pruitt. Two weeks ago Mr. Trump tweeted his support for Mr. Pruitt, wrote : "While security spending was slightly higher than its predecessor, Scott Pruitt received death threats for his bold actions at the EPA. Write down clean air Rent was above market price, travel expenses OK Scott is doing a great job! "
On Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, press secretary of the president, said that a review of Mr. Pruitt's ethics affairs in whites House was "continuous" but offered no details. "We evaluate these concerns and we expect the E.P.A. Administrator to answer for them and we will keep you up to date," she said.
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